Now here’s a thing. I want you to read this lovely novel, but I don’t want to tell you about it. Well, no, I do, but my fear is that it would be so easy to ruin. You see, Chapter 1 introduces the Adler family – mother, father, two sons. One is a teen; the other a pre-teen. A nice ordinary family moving from New York to LA, just diddling along, and you’re wondering whether the whole thing is going to stay ordinary. Not enough to hang a verdict on so far. OK, then Chapter 2. As shattering as a rock slide. The story is aftermath. It is for those who remain to dig for daylight, clear the rubble, choke on the dust, to find a way
You will love this story, and you must discover it whole, not through the bits and pieces that I or anyone else could dole out. No, it is not a literary marvel and doesn’t aspire to be. In fact, it strikes me as possibly abutting that fuzzy place we’ve come to call young adult fiction. A matter of opinion, I guess, and who cares. It is splendid, and why not? A wonderful story, skillfully told, with fully-formed characters you’ll invest in. Whether you’re looking ahead at your life, fighting the good fight, or looking back, what is a life worth? What do we make of the singular life we’re each given? I put everything aside for Dear Edward, an absorbing and provocative interlude, and I thank you, Ms. Napolitano, for Edward and Shay, Lacy and John, Beso, Principal Arundhi and the ferns. And for the 191 silver birds pictured in my mind.
Released last week in paperback, Dear Edward deserves a place in your TBR pile, preferably on top.
Full Disclosure: A review copy of this book was provided to me by Random House Publishing Group / Random House – The Dial Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the publisher, the author and NetGalley for providing me this opportunity. All opinions expressed herein are my own.